by admin on February 15th, 2011

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After 28 years as a woman who uses a manual wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury, Ellen Stohl is a self-actualized woman whose education, experience and life story have given her unique insights into the inner workings of the human psyche.  She is comfortable with a diverse range of topics and personalities from the casual to controversial, including positive human sexuality, self-esteem and body image. Ellen was the first women with a disability to model for a major international publication. Her willingness to challenge social norms has broken down many stereotypes and has helped change the way people see themselves and others, and changed the way people view themselves and others.

Ellen’s experiences have molded her into a women who is able to help other’s whose feelings of low self-esteem manifest in unhealthy behaviors that impact the quality of their lives. She has been seen on Howard Stern, Geraldo, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and a number of other national and international television shows.  Ellen has lectured in Brazil, Australia and England.  She continues to lecture throughout the United States and abroad.

Currently Ellen is a lecturer at California State University Northridge, a writer, a life coach and a mom. Her goal is to help people discover themselves and their potential as well as life and its possibilities so that they may find the joy of living in themselves, their work and their families. Her clients include The Marriott Corporation, Market Evolution, Manufacturing and Financial Marketing, Ability Magazine, ASTM Committee, Westways, Cal. State Fullerton, Cal. State Northridge, Mount St. Mary’s University, Mercy Hospital, Achilles Track Club, Wyngs, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and New Mobility Magazine.

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  1. Allison Burns Roldan says:

    To Whom it may Concer:
    Could you please forward this message to Ellen? She and I were good friends 25 years ago, and she was in our wedding when my husband and I were married in 1991. My husband saw this story on the news last night, and I would LOVE to get back in touch with her.I have thought about her many times over the years.
    My name is Allison Burns Roldan. I can be reached at 951-479-3554. I live in Murrieta, CA. Thank you so much!

    • admin says:

      Allison, Of course I remember you. Sorry for the delay, I was spam-blasted on my blog. I hope all is well. If you want to connect can you send me a message on Facebook?

  2. Kimberly says:

    I don’t really have anything specific to say. I just watched a news story about Mrs. Stohl on CBS-LA and wanted to make contact. I grew up with a disfiguring disability, and learning to accept myself (and to accept that men accepted me!) was a struggle early in my life. But now, at 37, I feel as though I have a healthy sense of how I look, while still possessing a much healthier body image than most of my “normal” peers. So when I come across someone with similar issues who has found a way to be realistic about her limitations while embracing her strengths, I feel compelled to connect. I would love to hear from Mrs. Stohl if she has time.


    • admin says:

      Thank you for your comment. Life can be difficult especially with a disability. Self-image and self-esteem are hard for everyone in this world of distorted media images. It sounds like you have developed a solid sense of self; congrats. I would love to hear more of your story

  3. Chyna says:

    Dude, right on there botrher.

  4. Bill Paige says:

    Hi Ellen,

    I have a radio show on Friday mornings and wondered if you would be available this week for a short phone interview about you equine activities. I’m posting the station’s web site here so you can check it out, and my e-mail as well. Please get in touch — it would be great to talk with you!

  5. I’m working on a project that is near to Ellen’s heart – Revmor, who has created garments for outdoor wear that are specifically designed for easy on and easy off for people in wheelchairs. They are wonderful fleece garments. Anyway, the site will be posted soon… but I would like to get a current portrait of Ellen for on the site. We have shots of Ellen in the garment but a nice portrait may be available. Can you email me one for our use? thank you so much.

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